Each year, more than two million people in the U.S. contract infections that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 die from those infections.
A new report from the Center for Disease Control suggests this major public health issue needs a closer look. FOX 9 medical expert Dr. Archelle Georgiou explains why certain bacteria are resistant to antibiotics and what needs to be done to address the concern.
Dr. Georgiou lists three "urgent threats" in connection with this health concern:
-Clostridium difficile (C-diff): Typically occurs as a result of taking antibiotics
-Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteria (CRE): A common infection in hospitals, tallies 600 deaths per year, often in individuals with catheters or IVs. Nearly 50 percent of people who contract it will die.
The CDC lays out ways to help fight antibiotic resistance, many suggestions call for doctors, researchers, patients and pharmaceutical companies to step in. As a patient, Dr. Georgiou says prevention and resistance are two buzzwords that play a major role in combating infection. Immunization, safe food prep, washing your hands and properly using antibiotics when prescribed are critical.